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Treasure found in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf

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An Early Bronze Age Hoard from Coity Higher Community, Bridgend and two Late Bronze Age hoards from Llanharan Community, Rhondda Cynon Taf have been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for Bridgend and the Glamorgan Valleys.

The Early Bronze Age hoard was discovered by Mr Paul Howells in May 2015, while he was metal-detecting in a field in Coity Higher Community, Bridgend.

Two Late Bronze hoards were found in Llanharan. One hoard of bronze tools and weapons was discovered in March 2015. The discovery was made by four different finders during a metal-detecting rally held on farm land.

A second hoard of bronze tools was discovered in April 2016

12-year-old Ethan Roberts found safe and well

Police say Ethan Roberts, a 12-year-old boy who was reported missing from his home in Bridgend on Friday, has been found safe and well.

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There was particular concern for Ethan's safety as he is diabetic and was not carrying the daily insulin he requires.

Police on Saturday morning tweeted that he had been found safe and well, and thanked the public for their help.


Police launch appeal for missing 12-year-old

Police in Bridgend are urgently appealing for information to find a missing 12-year-old boy.

There is particular concern for Ethan as he is diabetic. Credit: South Wales Police

Ethan Roberts went missing from his home in Heol Croesty, Pencoed at around 11am on Friday 9th September.

There are concerns for Ethan because he is diabetic and he is not carrying insulin which he requires daily.

Ethan is described as quite tall for his age, approximately 5ft 8, and has short, brown, straight hair.

He was wearing a black puffer jacket, grey jogging bottoms and red trainers when he went missing and is believed to have links to places in Gwent such as Pontypool and Cwmbran.

Anyone with any information regarding Ethan's whereabouts is urged to call South Wales Police on 101.

Unite Wales calls for Ford to “end the silence”

Unite Wales has called on Ford to "end the silence" over the future of the Bridgend engine plant.

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This follows Ford's announcement that the production of the new Dragon engine is to be halved but the company insists production at the plant 'remains healthy'.

Bridgend Engine plant has a world class workforce and the plant deserves to have a long term secure future. Ford must end the silence and set out how it envisages Bridgend playing a key role in its global production strategy. Unite will never roll over and accept the slow demise and ultimate death of the plant. We are calling upon Ford, at the very highest levels of the company, to talk with us about how we can work together to secure a sustainable way forward for the plant, that builds upon its enormous strengths.

– Andy Richards, Unite Wales Secretary

Ford says it will continue to constantly review capacity and demand and 'deal with the reality' of its business and market competition, taking 'whatever action needed to build a vibrant and sustainably profitable Ford business in Europe'.

New jobs for Bridgend

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An investment and expansion at Zimmer Biomet’s Bridgend site has been announced. It will create 39 new jobs and safeguard 50 more

The £2.5m investment - backed by Welsh Government finance will create a European Centre of Excellence for Porous Coating that allows the company to specialize in technologies used in the manufacture of orthopaedic implants.

Zimmer Biomet’s UK operation employs more than 800 people from all over South Wales at Bridgend’s Waterton Industrial Estate, where it manufactures a range of hip and knee replacement products.

It is a key investment that secures the long term sustainable growth of the business in Wales and ensures it will continue to pay a prominent role within this global organisation.

It is an exciting time for Zimmer Biomet’s Bridgend facility which is experiencing significant growth and high demand for its products. This expansion will increase its capacity, capability and competitiveness and create highly skilled well paid jobs.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister


Health board: Nurses' behaviour 'totally unacceptable'

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has released a statement after three nurses were struck off for falsifying records.

A spokesperson said: "We can confirm that these three nurses left our employment last year after they admitted the charges against them. Their behaviour was totally unacceptable and extremely disappointing.

"As soon as we had become aware of anomalies around some blood sugar tests, we did not hesitate to bring our concerns to the attention of South Wales Police; and we cooperated fully with the investigation which followed.

"These issues related to historical events some years ago. We can give assurances that regular checks since then have revealed no further problems.

"Staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital provide a very high standard of care, and the feedback they receive from patients and families is routinely high. People can rest assured that the hospital consistently provides excellent care; and we strive to improve still further."

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Nurses struck off for falsifying 'vulnerable' patient records

Three nurses have been struck off after admitting falsifying records of vulnerable patients in Bridgend.

Rebecca Jones, 31, and Laura Bertulano, 46, were both jailed last year after admitting falsifying medical notes while working at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, south Wales.

Natalie Jones, a 42-year-old junior nurse who also worked on the same specialist stroke ward, avoided a custodial sentence but was given a community order.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel sitting in Cardiff today ruled they should be struck off the nursing register for their actions.

In a statement Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said the nurses' behaviour was "totally unacceptable".

Appeal for teenager missing since last week

Police in Bridgend are appealing for information to find a missing 14-year-old girl.

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Ffion Meredith hasn’t been seen since Tuesday, 21st June.

Officers suspect that Ffion – who is 5ft 6 and has purple coloured hair - is in the North Cornelly area and are appealing to anybody in or around that area who may have seen her to get in touch.

Anyone who has information about Ffion’s whereabouts is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101.

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